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Hawke’s Bay January 2014 Newsletter


Gerda Leenard’s exhibition Following the Blue Ribbon: Journeys on the River Li

will be at the Hastings City Art Gallery from 1st February to 4th May.  Her works  evoke the sense of gliding along a river, inspired by her trip to Guilin. In particular it is the experience of sailing along the Li River, often referred to in poetry as ‘the blue ribbon’ that the artist aims to replicate.

You are invited to meet the artist Gerda Leenard on Saturday 1 February at 10am. Gerda will give a floor talk about the exhibition, and light refreshments will be provided.  Register at http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/guilin-sister-city-gerda-leenard 

Qualities of light, atmosphere and water are central to Dutch born Leenards’ practice and in Following the Blue Ribbon: Journeys on the River Li Gerda Leenard it is the much-discussed traits of Dutch light, New Zealand light and the light of China that underpin the works. Here, the light is always reflected in and diffused by water. In these images the Karst mountain ranges lining the banks of the Li River are reflected in the river’s surface, creating an atmosphere deeply still and contemplative.

 Venue: Hastings City Art Gallery at 201 Eastbourne Street East by the Library in the Civic Square

 Note: As the February monthly meeting date is on Waitangi Weekend the first meeting of the year will be on 7 March

 Please diary the following dates for 2014

 Saturday 1st March:  International Cultures’ Day, Cornwall Park, Hastings.

 23 – 25 May:  Our Branch is holding the 2014 NZCFS National Conference at the Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road,  Havelock North, theme –  “Voices for Youth”.  Xi Yao, a young traditional Gu-Zheng musician with the Traditional Chinese Music School in Hamilton, has composed a musical work to be transcribed by the Hawke’s Bay Youth Orchestra for western instruments and this will be a feature of our Conference concert.  

 Members assistance will be required for both events.


 Hastings Thursday night market  celebrates Chinese New Year

 Every Thursday night Hastings City comes alive as it fires up the Hastings City Night Markets and on Thursday 30th January the market will celebrate Chinese New Year.  The market has food, arts & crafts and live music.  It is located in the mall beside the clock tower and the fountain and runs from 5 to 9pm.


Philip Burdon: Born a Kiwi – still seen as a foreigner

New Zealand Herald  Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

The latest census statistics show a rise in the number of ‘Asian’ New Zealanders and Asia Foundation Chairman and NZCFS Patron Philip Burdon discusses this in his opinion piece.

 Year of Horse 2014  Gong Xi Fa Cai     

 The Year of the Horse begins on January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015 and is the seventh in the cycle of the 12. 

Year of the horse

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